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    Ok im 100% sure i got a tumor in my testicle. Its a solid mass and i can already feel slight abdominal feeling (which is one of the symptoms).

    Now i went for an ultrasound yesterday and the guy found nothing. Thats coz my balls froze up! They went all firm! He asked me to point it out. I showed him, but seriously its like the tumor dissapeared coz my balls were so firm. I could point it out a bit but not much So hes like nothing seems to be there.

    I come back home and my balls end up going back to a normal state and i can feel the tumor again.

    This always happens to me. My testicles went firm and hard when i went for a physical check with my doc and i persuaded him after a while i need a ultrasound.

    I dont know what to do now. I know i got cancer! Its just they cant detect it coz of this damn annoying problem. How can i let my testicles relax before i go? Ah i really dont know what to do now.

    Oh and i had a blood test and will get my results in two weeks. Can i rely on the blood tests to detect it? It was a blood test on my right arm. Would that be enough? Do i need some kind of special blood or does a regular blood test do?

    Sorry for the long post. I just want to get this tumor out of me, thats all!

  • #2
    Dek, if there were a tumor, it would show up in the ultrasound anyway. I think you're safe.
    Scott, [email protected]
    right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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    • #3
      You think so?

      Its just that he couldnt find the lump to put the machine thing on it, coz the damn lump ended up sucking in and dissapearing coz of my testicles going all hard. So thats why i think the ultrasound didnt do its job properly.

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      • #4
        Dek,

        Your lump cannot hide from modern science. If there's something there, an Ultrasound will see it. If there was nothing there that raised the eyebrows
        of the radiologist then sleep well. If you still can't sleep well. See another
        urologists and have another sonogram/ultrasound done on the testicle. You did have test done right?

        T
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        • #5
          Its a tumor. Im not being paranoid for no reason but i just know it is.

          Do you all think the blood test on my arm would determine my afp and hcg levels? Or does a special blood test need to be done?

          I really wish i didnt have cancer! It would be great news IF the ultrasound was done properly. Doesnt this happen to any of you, lke the testicles would firm up and go hard?

          Plus it cant be coincidence im getting twitches in my stomach and chest too, just when i got the lump.

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          • #6
            Dek:
            A special blood test needs to be done to find out what your testicular cancer tumor markers are. Of the two types of testicular cancer only one is sure to show higher markers. As for the twitches and stomach problems, I would have them to if I thought I had cancer and wasn't agressive in getting a second opinion.
            Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

            Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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            • #7
              Dek,
              There are times when an ultrasound can't find something (i.e a small ovary sometimes cannot be visualized on an ultrasound because it's positioned behind the uterus). That said, if a testicualr ultrasound were performed on you and a testicle was "camera shy" it should be noted as not observed on the results. Do you have a copy of your results and if so, what was the radiologist's interpretaion (not the technician's!)? Taking blood from your arm vs another part of your body (which I think is what you are asking) is fine. The tumor markers are in throughout your blood circulation, not a particular body part. If you have not yet done so please go to http://tcrc.acor.org and read the TC primer. If an ultrasound is "inconclusive" an MRI can be done...ain't no body part that can hide from that! I agree with dadmo that if you are really worried you need to be more proactive and perhaps see another urologist. If you feel a lump that is not cancer you shoul be told what exactly it is.
              Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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              • #8
                Just a quick note: I had normal markers but had an almost 4cm seminoma. The ultrasound should state if one or more of the standard views were hidden. Take a close look at the report. Almost as a quick blurb, it was stated that my right survivor had a small hydrocele (cyst) but was considered within normal limits. Definately get a second opinion for peace of mind. Hopefully that lump you believe to be a tumor is just a cyst. But keep digging until you get the answer you need to have (the right one)
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                • #9
                  I can tell that you won't be satisfied until you get another opinion. Keep us posted, Dek.
                  Scott, [email protected]
                  right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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